Help:Create a Page Linked From an Existing Page

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Quick Reference: In the editing window of an existing article, type [[newpagetitle | visibletext]] in the article, where "newpagetitle" = the title of the article you want to create, and "visibletext" = the text users will click on in the existing article to open the new article.

What will this article help me do?

This article will teach you how to create a new page by typing text on an existing page. Both pages will exist, but the new page will automatically be linked to the existing article.

Before creating a new page linked from an existing page

Creating a new page linked from an existing page can help save time, however, it can also make it possible to create an article that duplicates information in another article. For example, if I want to create a new article about military records in Germany, and I type, "German Military Records," but an existing article is titled, "Military Records in Germany," I may duplicate the latter article because the search will think the words German and Germany are different, and may not locate the other title.

To avoid this, first search for the title of the article you want to create by using the search box on the main page of the FamilySearch Research Wiki or in the navigation bar. This will search for all of the words of the title you want to create throughout the wiki, including the text included in articles rather than the titles only.

How to create a page linked from an existing page

  1. Log into the FamilySearch Research Wiki site.
  2. Search for the title of the new page you want to create. If it does not exist, continue to step 3. If it already exists, or if a similar article exists, please read, How to edit and existing article.
  3. Navigate to the page where you want to add the link for a new article or page.
  4. Once you have located and opened the article or page where you want to add a link to a new page, click "Edit" in the navigation bar page options to edit that article or page.
  5. After clicking on "Edit," the editing window will open.
  6. Type text in the editing article. This text will become a link to the new article. Using your mouse, position your cursor at the beginning of the text you typed on the page, and while holding down the left mouse button, drag the cursor over the text until it is highlighted. Release the left mouse button, and position your cursor over the hyperlink icon on the toolbar.
  7. Click on the hyperlink icon. This will open up the XXX window. Here you will type in the name of the article you want to create. NOTE: Consider carefully the title of the article you want to create, and the text you want to appear on the page in the existing article. These may be different. For example, you may want to create an article titled "Jewish Civil Registration records in Berlin, Germany" but the text you want to appear in the existing article may read, "Learn more about Jewish records in Berlin." The text you choose to be visible on the page will become a blue link that users will click on to get additional information. While the title of the article and the words that appear on the page do not need to be the same, the words visible on the page should help users understand what they will find when they click on those words.
  8. Determine the text that will be used as the link to the new page. This text will be the title of the new page, so please make sure the text fits the Name page guidelines.
  9. Click on the Edit tab near the top of the page.
  10. Put two square brackets, [[ ]] before and after the text that will be the link to the new page with no space between the brackets or the first and last letter of the text.
  11. Scroll down and click on the Save page button.

The link to the new empty page will be displayed in red underlined text.